South African powerhouse RUFF MAJIK has shared a lyric video for the track “Gregory.” Taken from the band’s latest full-length, The Devil’s Cattle, the track is bass-driven, fuzzed-out, sonic monolith.
Elaborates vocalist/guitarist Johni Holiday of the song’s theme, “This one is about a good friend and his struggle with addiction. People can fill in the blanks if they want to, or just ignore the lyrics and enjoy the bass line.”
View RUFF MAJIK’s “Gregory” at THIS LOCATION.
RUFF MAJIK was originally formed in 2012 when the band moved from Lydenburg to the realm of Pretoria. They entered the city as a three piece (Holiday with bassist/guitarist Jimmy Glass, and drummer Benni Manchino) with no real experience in the scene, but a certain drive and ambition that only gods could counter. After three years of adjusting and playing a handful of shows, the band finally released some music in the form of 2015’s The Bear.
Roughly inspired by the DIY ethos of black metal recording techniques, the EP was recorded with two mics in a garage which ultimately explains its grit and distortion. The following year, RUFF MAJIK released The Fox which ultimately led to more shows, a spot within the then newly established South African doom/stoner scene, and a few small touring opportunities. 2016 was also the year of the track “Wax Wizard,” a crowd pleasure to this day.
The Swan stuck its neck out in 2017 followed by Seasons, the record that earned the band international recognition. Freak Valley Festival reached out to the band which led to a German/Austrian tour with The Devil And The Almighty Blues in early 2018. Later that year, RUFF MAJIK played Sonic Blast Moledo in Portugal. The band composed Tǻrn shortly upon their return. Recorded in October of 2018 and released through Lay Bare Recordings (Netherlands), the album led to a lengthy European tour which included appearances at such illustrious festivals as Smoke Over Warsaw (Poland), Rock In Bourlon (France), Bevrijdings and Sonic Whip (Netherlands), Desertfest (Belgium), and Keep It Low (Germany), as well as shared stages with the likes of Black Pyramid, Sleep, EyeHateGod, All Them Witches, and many others.
“The South African fuzz merchants return with another amphetamine-fueled joy-ride through the dive bars and dark alleys of their psychic landscape.” — Metal Hammer
“The Devil’s Cattle is one of the coolest albums of 2020 without a shadow of a doubt, and its grooves will stick in your head for days at a time.” – V13
“RUFF MAJIK don’t hold back on The Devil’s Cattle and the result is an album of controlled chaos that never ceases to surprise.” — Texx And The City
“This is a band at the top of their game and you never get the same album twice from RUFF MAJIK. I can’t wait to see what the guys come up with next.” — Outlaws Of The Sun
“It is astonishing to think their first EP only came out five years ago.” — The Obelisk
“Catchier, crazier, groovier, heavier, RUFF MAJIK is unstoppable, for our greatest pleasure!” – More Fuzz